Your email address will not be published. I decided to walk into town so that I would be able to have a glass of wine at the Food & Wine Festival being held at the cricket oval alongside the Don Bradman Museum. But this spot is truly serene. Please note that we did not have time to complete the popular Clover Hill Trail. I got up bright and early the next morning and started my day with breakfast at The Press Shop in Bowral. I always remember the Southern Highlands being a picturesque area when travelling through it before the freeway bypassed it.

In general, I find that meat pies are served at a BOILING temperature. Crack open a beer at Surveyor General Inn.

The facilities at the campsite were great. Get the latest travel news, reviews, offers and more, direct to your inbox. Probably in anticipation for September when the flowers and tulips are in season. The Southern Highlands is also a renowned wine region with over 60 vineyards and 17 cellar … Fitzroy Falls is the most visited waterfall in the Southern Highlands. For even more information about these waterfalls and others around Sydney, read our Top 10 Waterfalls in Sydney list. But again, parking is free if you have a NSW National Parks Pass. There’s plenty of waterfall chasing to be had, before relaxing and recuperating in your boutique romantic accommodation. Break those down, state by state, and you’ll find Victoria easily rivalling for the cream of the crop. What makes the Southern Highlands one of my best weekend getaways from Sydney is probably the old English feel to the towns, and the cooler temperatures, especially in winter. However if you’re looking at other options, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, boutique luxury guesthouses and motels available, as well as larger Southern Highlands AirBnBs that sleep more than 2.

Southern Highlands has a packed calendar of festivals events including the annual Tulip Time where the town of Bowral bursts into bloom with tulips in Corbett Gardens and private gardens across the region. Thankfully, the pies here were served at a reasonable temperature. Platypus Valley Riverside Camping. Katers Restaurant, Sutton Forest. So I was happy that my mouth didn’t endure third degree burns. Yes, there is a track that leads to the base of the falls. But there are signs discouraging this. Pick the lookout you like best and flop over on the grass. It’s fine dining but not uptight, beautiful but not over the top. You’re totally secluded, with a wood-burning fire, well-equipped kitchen and luxuriously cosy bed.

Its clean and minimal Scandinavian-inspired interior is as well matched to the elegant fine dining as the wine list, every part of the experience oozing contemporary chic. STORY TIME: Growing up in Sydney and being a waterfall junkie, I had frequented the Southern Highlands many times. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience.

The resultant flowing stream creates a soft rhythmic background noise only ever punctuated by the chatter of the local birdlife. Plus, if you’re not a local, factor in accommodation and transport costs.

Explore the Southern Highlands charming country towns and villages including Mittagong, Moss Vale, Bundanoon, Robertson, Berrima and Bowral – the largest town in the Southern Highlands. To reach here from the visitor centre takes around 20-30 minutes.

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Our first destination is one that is close to our hearts, the Southern Highlands. They are not very large. A lot of people dismiss speed hiking as rushing through nature.

So you can access either trail from either car park.

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I really wish I enjoyed cricket, but honestly I think watching paint dry is more interesting than watching a test match. Like Birch, and many of the region’s restaurants, Katers’ Head Chef Thomas Pirker follows a philosophy of embracing seasonal produce, and making the most of the abundant and quality ingredients that are grown and produced in the region, supporting farmers, artisans and the local community.

Bless the gorgeous Southern highlands!

This Southern Highlands AirBnB, near the small town of Robertson is called Spiral House and it the ultimate romantic destination. I spent around an hour or so wandering the aisles being tempted.

A post shared by Dan & Beck | Travel Made Me Do (@travelmademedoit_) on Jun 7, 2020 at 3:26am PDT. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. The Blue Mountains should do the trick, just 90 minutes away. There are three well known waterfalls in the Southern Highlands; Carrington Falls, Belmore Falls and Fitzroy Falls, each with accessible or more challenging walking trails.

Needless to say, I leave with a bag full and by the time I arrive at The Mill – a newish hub of boutique businesses a ten minute walk up the main road – it’s about time for lunch. Set apart in its own secluded hilltop woodland just east of Bowral, the hotel has long been revered for its glorious, sprawling gardens, and more recently its onsite restaurant, Horderns, which was awarded a Chef’s Hat this year. Similar to all of the waterfalls in the Southern Highlands in NSW, they are best visited after some rainfall.

Again, given the expected traffic, it’s not an ideal trail for speed hiking.

The Southern Highlands is also a renowned wine region with over 60 vineyards and 17 cellar doors. Parking is easy to find at the generously sized Hindmarsh Lookout Car Park. . Our first stop is Bendooley Estate, a stunning 200-acre property owned by the Berkelouw family (of Berkelouw Books) in nearby, historic Berrima.

Among the myriad charms of NSW’s Sout... For sport fanatics, The Bradman Museum is a must-visit in Bowral, established in the small town from which Don Bradman hailed. Built in 1834, it’s Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn – if those walls could talk! It’s a great option whilst international travel is off the cards and also domestic tourism really needs the boost – so I hope you get to visit! Similar to the charismatic town of Berry further down the South Coast near Kiama, you’ll feel far away from the busy suburban life of Sydney.